Israel vs. Lebanon/Hezebollah
U.S. vs Iraq & Afghanistan & Al-Queda
West vs. Islam
I deplore the fighting. I deplore the reasoning behind the fighting. I deplore the actions of those doing the fighting. I weep for the innocent dead, simply caught in the way, by virtue of their address.
I am not an activist. I do not trust the agendas of the systems in place to help those who are affected by the fighting. I do not trust the agendas of the fighters, or the players on the worlds stage. I don't know the issues well enough to take sides. I'm not personally affected.
So I sit behind my oceans, and I worry about my own, smaller problems, and try to help those locally that I can. In my land of plenty, I help the 'poor'. I hope that through syncronicity, my helping here will help there. I pray for peace, knowing it will not come.
While people die in a conflict not of their making.
But I am not an activist. I have my own problems, my own worries, my own issues closer to me. I'm one man, with limited time. What gesture can I make, what voice can I raise, that will help the dying and the endangered one bit? And who will listen?
And what business is it of mine? Even if I could get involved, should I? How do I know I wouldn't make it worse? Or worse yet, would I expend my efforts, my energy, on something that would have absolutely no effect? Simply to feel noble? To feel I was helping, these oceans away? My circle of influence does not extend so far.
The course of history tells me that after a period of prosperity, there is a period of upheaval. These local wars we see are a symptom of greater troubles to come, and many are saying
that those troubles have already begun.
On that stage, on that scale, can I have an effect?
Even, if we were in agreement on the course of action, could we?
What about when the war comes home? When I realize the oceans won't save me? What should I do then?
I am not an activist. Maybe I should be.